Interfaith Wedding Ceremonies
In centuries past, when the Jewish People were forcefully separated from society and kept both isolated and insulated behind ghetto walls or within the shtetls (small villages) of Eastern Europe, Jews and those of other faiths did not interact socially. Personal relationships could not develop in such an environment and, if against the odds, a romance did start to blossom, those involved would be quickly ostracized by the community. Anyone who has seen the musical "Fiddler on the Roof" knows exactly what I am talking about.
Thankfully, we live in a time and place where peoples of all faiths and backgrounds interact in every facet of life. Romantic relationships are a natural by-product of that positive reality.
But not everyone sees that as positive.
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Some view interfaith marriage as a serious threat to the survival of Judaism. In the aftermath of the Holocaust, these emotions can be quite strong - especially when one considers that the Jewish People constitutes only one-tenth of one percent of the world's population. Interfaith marriage can be a very sensitive and polarizing issue, and I respect those who feel a sense of discomfort.
My own thoughts on the subject have evolved.
I have close relatives who are in strong, loving, and long-lasting interfaith marriages. They have raised wonderful children who have been taught the Jewish values of pursuing justice, strengthening family and community, showing compassion & empathy, and working towards Tikkun Olam - the "repairing" of an imperfect world through deeds of kindness.
Over the years, I have worked with many wonderful interfaith couples. If it is your desire to have Jewish clergy involved in the planning and officiation of your wedding ceremony - I would be honored to participate.
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